The residents of Ararat city protested against the construction of a ferrosilicon plant in their city on December 23. They unanimously rejected the program presented by Arsilicium LLC.
Davit Gevorgyan, Co-Founder of Arsilicium LLC, presenting the plan of their activities during the discussion, said:
"We have no toxic chemicals, no air pollution, no tailings associated with this plant. It is a completely pure product, we have to collect its dust then it undergoes briquetting workshop and then it becomes ferrosilicon again.”
The participants in the public discussions noted that no information on the technical details of the plant construction project was available to the public. And in that case, they are definitely against the construction of the factory. According to the residents, even if they set up a light industry in the community, they are even ready to work for free in the beginning.
“We don't need a ferrosilicon plant. Establish a textile plant, we promise that even 1-2 months I will come with my ten friends and work there free of charge. Take this factory and build it in Abovyan. Why wasn’t the diamond factory built here?” one of the residents asked.
Addressing those present, Ararat Community Head Hayk Haykyan said the issue would be discussed at a special council meeting and a final decision would be made. But the residents demanded a decision on the spot. When asked by the mayor if they were in favor of building the plant, those present gave a unanimous negative response.
It should be noted that Prosperous Armenia Party Leader Gagik Tsarukyan owns Arsilicium LLC. Davit Gevorgyan, the founder of Arsilicium LLC, is listed along with Gagik Tsarukyan in the electronic system of RA Ministry of Justice State Register of Legal Entities.
12:39 December 24, 2019